21st Jul, 2019

Solihull breastfeeding service given UNICEF stamp of approval

Sarah Mason 5th Mar, 2019

A SOLIHULL breastfeeding service has been given a stamp of approval from UNICEF.

Solihull Healthy Child Programme Service has been awarded UNICEF’s Baby Friendly accreditation for the third time because of the support it offers to families across the borough.

The service, which is provided by South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust and commissioned by Solihull Council, includes health visiting, infant feeding and family nurse services.

Infant feeding co-ordinator Elaine Kindred-Spalding was presented with the award by the Mayor of Solihull, Coun Flo Nash, at an event at the Health Hub, Chelmsley Wood Library.

The Mayor said: “This is fantastic news for families in the borough and a big thanks needs to go to the Infant Feeding team, health visitors and family nurses.

“It is a great accomplishment for all those involved and demonstrates how committed we are to supporting mums to give their babies the very best start in life.”

Elaine Kindred-Spalding added: “Breastfeeding can significantly improve a child’s development so it’s really important that parents are aware of its impact and receive any support needed for their child to benefit from it.

“The accreditation is recognition that this is happening locally; it highlights the excellent care that is provided and demonstrates the difference that our services make to families in Solihull.”

UNICEF Baby Friendly works with children’s services to ensure that they are delivering effective advice and a significant focus of this is on feeding and relationships between parents/carers and children, according to Solihull Council.

For more or support speak to a health visitor or call Solihull Infant Feeding Team on 0121 717 4366.

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